For those coming from a Blackberry....General


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    gobluejd GOBLUE! VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    I was a Blackberry user a few weeks ago and migrated our company from a Blackberry / BES to Android. I decided to share my journey/experience in a website.

    You can check it out at:

    Blackberry to Android
     

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    Thanks! This is really cool :)

    Could you maybe compare the texting experience on a BB (I'm on an 8330) versus that of an android phone (touchscreen and keyboard)? I'm looking to almost definitely get the incredible because of it's power, would you mind comparing the general performance/responsiveness of your tour or a curve versus the droid and incredible (when it's out)?

    Otherwise, very helpful info!
     
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    gobluejd GOBLUE! VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Did a quick post for you over at Blackberry to Android If you have certain questions, please do not hesitate to ask!!!!
     
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    I read your post on your website, you don't seem to really address the actually typing aspect of it. I had an LG Dare before my Curve 8330 and I just LOVE the physical keyboard. Nowadays though people swear by the touch screen. Can you attest to that?

    Thanks for your blog post BTW, interesting read.
     
  5. chris61292

    chris61292 Well-Known Member

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    He has a droid, physical keyboard
     
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    thanks!
     
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    that is a great article... My biggest worry going from the BB Storm -> HTC Incredible was exchange email... I'm OK for things changing a bit as long as I get my push email, calendar, and contacts... So happy to hear about the application you mentioned!!!

    Now, I just need to wait some days for the launch of the phone........ *drool*
     
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    speaking of coming from blackberry.....I had el cheapo txting plan on my tour because if BBM, is google talk a decent replacement for messaging using only data?
     
  9. phorts

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    I have a BB Curve 8330 and bought an Eris in February and returned it 30 days later to wait for this phone. However, during my 30 days, i had ample time to try out everything droid, including (most importantly for me) the typing.

    The biggest advantage that a BB Curve has over any phone i've used (iPhone, Moto Droid, BB Pearl, BB Storm, Standard T9 Phones, and several others in store while waiting for a salesperson to assist) is it's keyboard. It's simply the best typing experience i've ever found.

    So i was VERY nervous going from a keyboard that i got used to over the past year and could whip out texts one handed while driving w/o looking to a complete touch screen virtual keyboard.

    At first, i felt like i was going to shoot myself. I hated it. But i was DETERMINED to give it a chance, and little by little, day by day, the more i used it the better i got. By the end of my 30 day trial period with the phone i actually found that i was in love with it. The best part i think was the word correction. It's SO good with HTC sense it's ridiculous.

    The Moto Droid Physical keyboard is a nightmare, and the virtual keyboard was nowhere near as good as the Eris. Even though some say they like it or that it's serviceable.. no thanks.

    My ONLY problems with the keyboard on the eris was i felt that sometimes the buttons were a little too small (but even though i fat fingered alot the word correction was so good it didnt seem to matter that all my words were coming out like "zjxljiuas" and by the end it was suggesting the actual word i was typing.. i was always amazed.

    The other problem was the responsiveness in some apps was a little slow causing me to be ahead of the phone and having to wait for it to catch up. From all accounts this does not seem like it will be a problem with the Incredible.

    SO, with the Incredibles larger screen (= Larger buttons) Sense 2.1 (better word correction, better key accuracy and MultiTouch!) and 1 GHZ CPU (uber responsiveness), I'm fully confident that the typing experience will FAR surpass that of what i regard (and what many experts regard) as one of the best keyboards on the market in the 8330 or Tour for that matter.

    Trust me, after a few days/weeks of using the keyboard, you won't want to go back.

    I had to go back to the curve and, although it was familiar and comfortable, i miss the virtual keyboard and can't WAIT to get the Inc. I hate having to use my dumb trackball to go back to correct words on the BBerry... ugh... so 2009.

    Hope that helps - but honestly no review will take the place of first hand experience... which sounds like you'll have soon!


    As far as going from BB to Android in general. I felt like i was ditching a "work" phone for a "fun" phone. Call quality was LEAPS AND BOUNDS better on the Eris than on the BBerry, Web surfing is SO much better, games are SO much more fun and the Apps provide endless hours of "wow" and "cool" factor and a good bunch are even quite useful. I was very proud of it and couldnt keep it in my pants.

    But the things it didnt do well for me (looking up contacts, using calendar, tasks, dialing phone numbers, emailing, etc) just seemed to be not as productive as with the BBerry. I felt guilty. Some of this had to do with the fact the Eris was not as responsive, some had to do with my lacking skills on the keyboard (which improved greatly over time), some from the HORRENDOUS battery life, but probably most of it because you can do SO much with it that it became a distraction.

    Let's just say i'm looking forward to that distraction again. And i think that Sense 2.1 will solve a lot of the issues i had with productivity and with a little research and configuring for my email/contacts/calendar/tasks i think it will be the perfect blend of work and play....

    Good day.


    PS - i'll give the built in SMS a whirl on 2.1, but the built-in one on the Eris with Android 1.5 sucked. ChompSMS and Handcent SMS were far superior and far more configurable. One of these will be my first app downloaded for sure.
     
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    armoredsaint Well-Known Member

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    can i still use Blackberry messenger on a droid powered phone like the Incredible?
     
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    are you being serious?

    no you can't, BBM is about the only thing I'm gonna miss about moving from my curve to this phone
     
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    Based on a couple of the reviews (maybe this one YouTube - Review: Verizon HTC Incredible from mobility today) or one of the hundred reviews I've read that the built in SMS on 2.1 is so much better than on the 1.5.


    Try this one too (Review: HTC Droid Incredible : Is It Your Type? (Phone Scoop))
     
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    But will have the Incredible very soon. :D
     
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    Thanks for starting this thread. I'm sure there will be quite a few BB users looking for help. I know I will be. I have a question that possibly you or someone can answer. I hope it's ok that I post it in this thread.

    I have a BB Storm (Verizon), and I wanted to export my contact list to a .csv file so I could upload it to my Google account. I installed Google Sync on the phone, but that didn't work. And from what I can tell, the Backup Assistant is not compatible with the BB Storm.

    So how do I do this?

    Thanks in advance for any advice.
     
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    gobluejd GOBLUE! VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    I have the DROID and soon the Incredible. I really don't use the physical keyboard too much (just to edit, the touch pad is nice). My goal all along was that I was getting the Incredible so I have tried not to use the physical keyboard.

    However I can tell you from owning a STORM. Way better and I am pretty quick on it. It gets better as time goes on.
     
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    Looks like it is possible to use Backup Assistant.

    http://androidforums.com/htc-incredible/65283-backup-assistant-original-storm-older-bb-devices.html
     
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    This is actually my first post on AF. Just reading all the news on the main DI thread for a long time.

    I've searched this, but there isn't much discussion on the topic of a BBM group style chat for Android. One forum member said there is a buggy group chat on MSN mobile, but I was hoping for something like a Gtalk group chat via mobile if possible. Anyone know anything? Thanks

    Jason
     
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    I'm a current BB Curve (8330) user and I won't be able to get rid of this phone soon enough. Never had any issues with typing and I do like the keyboard but the phone itself is very slugish, hour glass hangs almost daily and now my camera stops working. I've already pre-ordered the Incredible and I am looking forward to it. Don't have much experience with virtual keyboards but I'll deal with it.
     
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    bento,
    i have been asking the saem question, hoping that google talk will be similar, but i cant get an answer anywhere...
     
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    :( bbm group chat was the only thing that was keeping me on my pos 8330, but many friends have or will be going android. Do you know anyone who has used the MSN mobile group chat on android?
     
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    gobluejd GOBLUE! VIP Member This Topic's Starter

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    Group chat is available on GTALK on Android Phones. Use it all the time. I was a heavy BBM user, but just asked all my BBM friends to install Gtalk on their BB's. The only difference (besides phone to phone) is the delivery/receipt confirmation. Other than that it is no big deal.
     
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    So as long as you leave gtalk open then you're ok. But if you close the app do you have to get another invite back into the group chat? Also can people on iphones or web join the group chat? sorry if these are stupid questions I know I'll find out once I get my incredible :p
     
  23. appleaj

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    I would try Google Sync again, it works just fine with my phone. Although oddly after I sync it, it'll say that it's successful, but in the program it will say that the last attempt failed, when in fact it really was successful. I would suggest uninstalling it, doing a battery pull, then reinstalling the latest version.

    Sorry that this didn't answer your question, but I believe this would a lot easier.

    Also, I have a BlackBerry Storm too.
     
  24. amarryat

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    No problems with double/trip/quad contacts after a sync? I have the Storm 1, and tried Google sync a couple of times, a few months apart (ie. different Sync versions), and would up with a mess in my contacts.

    BTW, my contacts were initially put into my Storm via Outlook.
     
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    If you get duplicate contacts, Gmail contacts has a nice feature that removes duplicates.

    Gmail (Web) > Contacts> and on the right panel click on "Find Duplcicates". allows you to merge or delete the extraneous ones.
     

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